The word Baratza itself is an Arabic noun that reminisces to a place where the local community can gather together to drink coffee. The company, on the other hand, was created in 1999 with a simple prerogative in sight: to offer high-quality, cutting edge grinders to those coffee lovers around the world who simply adore their beverages and the process that entails brewing them. Quickly, this company became the one to look out, being known for their innovation, quality and consistency.
We will be discussing two of their most popular grinders: the Encore and the Virtuoso.
The Baratza Encore coffee grinder has been widely regarded since its inception in the early 2000s as the best option available in the market for those coffee lovers that are just now starting to grind and brew at home in a more aware manner. Lots of people love coffee but not all of them are brave enough to venture into such subjective areas as this. The best point in favor of the Encore grinder is the fact that it gives a great grind size for drip and pour over methods, which are the most popular for domestic use.
When it comes to included features, the Encore has a lot to offer. It includes several individual grind settings that go from a fine, almost Espresso suitable grind to coarse; the Encore has what it takes to please even the most demanding palate.
The medium to coarse option is the most suitable for manual brewing methods such as the Aeropress, Siphon or Chemex, which we were previously talking about. The burrs that are included in the mechanism are patented and especially designed by the Baratza brand for their products, meaning the user will get a precise grind with minimal fines that can be used to get flavorful cups of espresso.
Secondly, we have the Virtuoso. This is a grinder that lives up to its name delivering technical versatility, classic style and a great consistency when it comes to high quality grind.
The particularity of this grinder can be found in the professional 40mm conical burrs that constitute its mechanism. These burrs enable the Virtuoso to provide consistency from cup to cup, whether it is with a coarser grind intended for a French press or a super fine one intended for Espresso making.
All in all, these are both great devices but are clearly intended for different audiences. The Encore, as we said, is perfect for amateur coffee lovers that are eager to learn and improve without missing any steps. The Virtuoso, on the other hand, is for those who know what they like and for more complicated, hands-on brewing processes than pour- over methods or automatic drip machines.
Mind you, there is nothing wrong with feeling more comfortable with one or the other. As we always say, there is no wrong answer when it comes to coffee. It is simply about trying different things and finding which one is the best for you and your needs.